Charlotte radio personality to listeners after breast cancer diagnosis: get a mammogram
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Hearing the words – you’ve got cancer – can be gut wrenching to hear. The worries, the what ifs. Many people don’t want to think about it.
But what happens if what you do for a living is to talk about your life to thousands of listeners? A local radio personality decided to use her platform to get the word out of the importance of mammograms.
A cancer diagnosis can be a deeply personal, devastating thing. Many people find themselves retreating from the reality and either not acknowledging what’s happening, or not wanting to reach out for help.
“I’ve had an interesting year,” Melany Myers said.
Melany Myers, half of the team of Phil and Mel in the Afternoon on K104.7 has been through a year that would have broken most. It started off with spinal fusion surgery that had complications.
“When I had surgery, I ended up with a staph infection that almost truly almost killed me, it was really hardcore.” said Myers.
That put her off the air for three months. But that wasn’t the end of the bad news.
“Last week, I got diagnosed with breast cancer.” she said.
But instead of pulling away, she pushed forward using her radio platform to encourage others to get checked.
“I wanted people to look at me because I do have a lot of people on Facebook and doing the radio to make sure to get their mammograms.” Myers told WBTV.
She not only blogged about it but posted videos on how she was doing. And her words resonated. People who Myers didn’t even know not only showed their support but like Heidi Abell, went and got a mammogram the very next day.
“She said, hey ladies, please go get checked. And I thought to myself there’s not a lot I can do for her, but I sure can follow her advice.” said longtime listener Heidi Abell.
And helping her through all of this, is Mel’s biggest fan who happens to sit across the desk from her.
“Cancer made a mistake when it decided to mess with that one over there. She has everything she needs to get through it. Nobody is doubting her ability to do it.” said Phil Harris.
Myers says attitude is going to get her through all of this.
“I’m just trying to grab hold of the positive and that will get me through the negative stuff.” Myers said.
Mel’s outlook is pretty good. She tells me she’ll have to go through surgery and radiation – but so far, chemo is off the table.
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